Girl Scout Karesha Wilson hosted a one day workshop to educate her community on how to live with diabetes to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.
“I learned that you must always have a plan B,” said Karesha, a 2013 graduate of Marshall High School. “I also learned that I could bounce back when things didn’t go as planned and how to listen and compromise when others had ideas.”
“I chose this project because of the spread of diabetes in our community,” said Karesha. “My mother and grandmother both live with this disease. I wanted to be a voice in spreading the word that we can live an active with diabetes.”
For her project, Karesha led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her workshop. She recruited two doctors to speak at the workshop and presented information on the importance of taking medicine, food and exercise as well as proper care of feet. Approximately 30 people attended the workshop.
“Karesha has learned how to be a great leader with determination, integrity, ability to set goals, manage change well and inspire others towards common goals,” said Karen Wilson, Karesha’s mother. “The change I see in her is the strong desire she has developed in wanting to volunteer more in the community and not being afraid to step up and lead.”
As a Girl Scout, Karesha also earned her Silver and Bronze Awards. At Marshall High School she was a member of varsity cheerleading, student council, Business Professionals of America, Mu Alpha Theta and Senior Girls. Outside of school, she participated in the United Negro College Fund Youth Gala as a committee member and was also a member of Fort Bend County Youth in Philanthropy and Fort Bend Church youth choir. This fall she will attend the University of Texas – San Antonio to study business and computer science.